SIDNEY — The Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Forestry Field Day will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Jim and Karen Scheer’s woods. The woods is located east of Port Jefferson off of Tawawa Maplewood Road, just south of state Route 47 in Salem Township.
The public is invited to come out and walk the woods on their own or with the ODNR service forester. Talks will include topics such as timber management, timber sales, tree identification and the latest disease and insect pests affecting our woodlots. Take a short walk through a pollinator habitat to the Great Miami River with a representative from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn about the importance of riparian corridors to our local streams.
A portable sawmill will be in operation turning logs into boards. Wood carvers and a chain saw sculptor will be set up, creating unique items from wood. A local bee keeper will have a display and answer questions about honey production. A drawing will be held for a basket of items produced from the keeping of bees.
The numerous wood-craft related activities throughout the day are always popular with the kids. A candy scramble is scheduled at 2:15 followed by a visit from Smokey Bear at 2:30.
This event is free with something for the entire family to enjoy. Complementary hot dogs, apples and beverages will be served. For more information, call the SWCD office at 937-492-6520, ext 3, or visit www.shelbyswcd.org.